Canada Day access by transit, trails only

Anyone planning on taking part in the Canada Day festivities on Tuesday at Bower Ponds in Red Deer this year will have to leave their vehicles behind.

Anyone planning on taking part in the Canada Day festivities on Tuesday at Bower Ponds in Red Deer this year will have to leave their vehicles behind.

Sidewalks are also largely off limits due to this year’s road construction project on Taylor Drive.

The only access to the area on July 1 will be by trail or transit.

Those walking to see the various live performances and evening fireworks are asked to use the city’s trail system.

There will be a bike corral set up for those cycling to the event via trail.

A Park and Ride service is also being offered. Red Deer Transit will be picking up and dropping off people at the Memorial Centre parking lot and Bower Ponds every 15 minutes from 10:45 a.m. and continuing until after the fireworks.

The last shuttle leaving Bower Ponds departs at 10:15 p.m. Regular transit passes are not valid for this service and only exact change will be accepted. Fares are $1 for adults ages 18 and up, 50 cents for seniors and youth ages six to 17. Children under five are free.

Another special Canada Day shuttle will be travelling between downtown Sorensen Station and Bower Ponds.

This shuttle will leave the station every 30 minutes, starting at 10:45 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. Regular transit fare will be in effect for this shuttle, meaning all transit passes, day passes, tickets, coupons and transfers are valid.

The 45th annual Canada Day celebration presented by the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society will feature a number of ethnic food vendors, performances from various cultural dancers, comedy and evening shows from Jake Peters, HOJA, Kita No Taiko and Randi Boulton.

Admission for the day is free but a food bank donation is encouraged.

Festivities run from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. No pets are allowed.

For more information, visit www.rdchs.com.

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